After more than two years on and off the market, perennially good-looking Richard Gere’s equally handsome compound in the low-key North Haven area near Sag Harbor, N.Y., in the hoity-toity Hamptons, remains unsold, with a heavy-duty asking price of $47.5 million.
The seasoned actor and dedicated social activist purchased the three-parcel spread in three separate transactions between 2005 and 2008 for a total of $11.3 million, and the pristine property first came available over the summer of 2013 — just before it became public that Gere and Carey Lowell had decided to divorce. The initial aggressive $65 million asking price plummeted in the spring of 2014 to a still-too-steep $56 million.
The gated, postcard-ready compound, rather grandly dubbed “Strongheart Manor,” sprawls out over 6.3 acres with some 300 feet of direct bay frontage. The shingled main residence dates to the early 1900s, but has been thoroughly and thoughtfully renovated in an unpretentious though deluxe manner, with swanky finishes and state-of-the-art features such as a geothermal heating system.
Two self-contained guest houses bring the total number of bedrooms and bathrooms on the property to a dozen each, and the estate has a 60-foot swimming pool and an outdoor basketball court. Porches and patios overlook manicured lawns and flowering gardens, while a deep, screened porch that extends almost the full width of the main house offers a serene view of Peconic Bay over a private pond with a charming teahouse set on a small island.
Gere maintains an even more expansive, 50-plus-acre, multi-residence pond-front compound in pastoral Pound Ridge, N.Y.
listing photos: Douglas Elliman